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'm jennifer granholm. tonight in the war room john kerry gets ready to take over as secretary of state. and north korea sends him a congratulations message. [ ♪ music ♪ ] there was frightening news from the other side of the pacific today. north korea has vowed to continue testing new nuclear weapons and said it would launch long-range rockets that it claims can reach the united states. this is just after the united nations instituted sanctions on its last rocket launch. it does not seem to have much impact on kim jung-un. a variety of satellites and long long-range rocketses which will be launched one after another we will target the u.s. the sworn enemy of of the american people. settling accounts with the u.s. needs to be done with force not with words as it regards jungle law the rule of its survival. what? the country's belligerent stance is one more issue on the president's full foreign policy plate, and it's going to be a concern for john kerry if he's confirmed secretary of state as he's very likely to be, increasingly likely, as a matter of fact. he got a very warm welcom
. >> bret: with al-qaeda expanding in african and iran, john kerry auditions for secretary of state. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. the man who wants to be the president top diplomat stated his case to a friendly group of senators today. john kerry made it clear he knows he will have his hands full. just today, north korea said it would conduct another nuclear test and suggested it intend to have missiles to deliver warheads to the u.s.. the fighting in syria intensified in damascus today. there is still a lot of mystery surrounding last week's hostage siege in algeria. france is ramping up the presence in the fight against islamic terrorist in mali. and the mideast is still the middle east, with the speckor of a nuclear iran and what israel might do to stop it. mike emanuel tells us the easiest part for kerry will likely be the confirmation process. >> in a dangerous world where al-qaeda finds new places to operate, the second term of the obama administration will face numerous foreign policy challenges. >> usama bin laden in documents that
and oppose the whole concept of this consumer bureau thinking it is not really necessary. bill: john kerry, nominated next hour. martha: yep. bill: interesting how he was actually on the schedule for the committee hearing at hillary clinton before hillary clinton sat down. martha: you can't chair a hearing and be in front of the table next day. bill: funny the way washington works. we're just getting moving here. notre dame's manti te'o is talking. why he says he continued to talk about a dead fake girlfriend after he knew she was a fake in the first place. martha: such a bizarre story. a deadly deep freeze. huge parts of the country are now experiencing temperatures so cold that a ski resort has now shut down. bill: and hopes for bipartisanship, is that already over? i mean it has been three days. why a top republican leader says president obama wants to annihilate the republican party. >> let me just tell you. i do believe that is their goal, to just shove us into the dustbin of it had. -- history hey, our salads. [ bop ] [ bop ] [ bop ] you can do that all you want, i don't like v8 juic
sandy survivors, how they're coping coming up. plus, senator john kerry, the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, testifying to the senate foreign relations committee. it's all about his bid to be the next secretary of state. so how is that going to go? that's coming up. [ male announcer ] this is sheldo whose long day setting up the news starts with arthritis pain and a choice. take tylenol or take aleve, the #1 recommended pain reliever by orthopedic doctors. just two aleve can keep pain away all day. back to the news. >>> fox weather alert. it's january and cold. to relief for the deep freeze across the northern u.s. and forecasters say a developing storm could add snow to the mix. temperatures, better than the last couple of days bus freezing in louisville and d.c. especially painful for families who don't have any electricity or heat after superstorm sandy slammed the northeast. volunteers have set up warming tents on staten island. >> we have some propane heaters. our tent has propane heater but weather conditions like this the heater doesn't work so well. for t
hearings begin for secretary of state nominee john kerry, two former national security advisers stephen hadley and zbigniew brzezinski weigh in. >> brown: paul solman looks at china's fast growing economy and asks, is it headed for a crash? >> wages are rising for the burgeoning middle class, but for hardscrabble factory workers: mounting protests against unlivable wages and working conditions. >> ifill: and vice president joe biden hangs out with hari sreenivasan on google plus to talk about gun violence. >> make your voices heard. this town listens when people rise up and speak. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: the u.s. m
>> brown: still to come on the newshour: confirmation hearings for secretary of state nominee john kerry ... china's growth bubble ... and an online "fireside chat" with vice president biden. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: president obama announced his nominees today to run two key financial regulatory agencies. he tapped mary jo white to chair the securities and exchange commission. she's a former federal prosecutor in new york, with a long record of prosecuting financial fraud and other white- collar crimes. >> if confirmed by the senate, i look forward to committing all of my energies to working with my fellow commissioners and the extremely dedicated and talented men and women of the staff of the s.e.c. to fulfill the agency's mission to protect investors, and to ensure the strength, efficiency, and transparency of our capital markets. >> sreenivasan: the president re-nominated richard cordray to lead the consumer financial protection bureau. the former ohio attorney general has held that position for the last year, but his temporary ap
. boehner. also, they're -- senator john kerry. also they're waiting for hillary clinton, john kerry to be the next secretary of state. secretary clinton wrapping up 5 1/2 hours of testimony before this committee and also before the house foreign affairs committee yesterday on the attacks in benghazi. you can find those in our video library at c-span.org. >> on c-span is waiting for the start of the hearing, confirmation hearing for john kerry to be the next secretary of state. this morning announced by the white house that the president will nominate mary jo white to be the new securities and exchange commission commissioner. and we will have live coverage of his announcement expected to be this afternoon at 2:30 eastern here on c-span. >> good morning. this hearing of the senate foreign relations committee to consider the next -- the nominee for the secretary of state will come to order. let me, again, ask as i did yesterday, since the full senate has not yet passed the committee resolution sitting members, i ask unanimous consent the returning members to allow our prospective memb
this morning to support john kerry's nomination to secede her. her testimony wednesday was forceful and sparked some potential early peeks at 2016 fights. >>> republican reset, with a short-term debt ceiling deal in motion, speaker boehner and paul ryan talk tough on the party's path forward. this morning, we'll talk to another top house republican, georgia's tom price, about the challenges ahead. >>> and the 2012 campaign saw ron paul's supporters get inside the nominating system to buck the establishment. now party leaders might face a fight on new rules put in place at the convention, to shore up the establishment and prevent the next insurgent, rand paul, say, in 2016? good morning from washington. it's thursday, january 24th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown." i'm chuck todd. apologies for the gravelly voice. i have beyonce's lip syncer standing by, shall i need her. anyway, let's get right to my first reads of the morning. secretary of state hillary clinton will be back on the hill today for what is likely to be her last appearance before congress as america's top diplomat. she'll introdu
kerry. the massachusetts democrat has bipartisan support, and he is expected to be approved as the next secretary of state. senator kerry is noted for his experience and relationship building skills. he was nominated by president obama after his first choice, united nations ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. >>> senator kerry will undoubtedly be forced to deal with north korea while at the state department. the communist nation said today it will carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the united states. the announcement comes one day after the united nations security council agreed to a u.s. backed resolution to censure and sanction north korea for a rocket launch last month. >>> coming up on wusa9, get a room. we'll tell but a new campaign to bring couples and their cash to d.c. >> howard? >> jc, we have sunshine now but some winds are beginning to gust. these temperatures are some kind of cold. 23 at andrews. 25 crofton. 24 centreville. i'll be back talking about storm number >>> a new campaign is under way to bring love, romance and people to the
're seeking. jon: that's senator john kerry at his confirmation hearing just a short time ago. he is fielding questions one day after the woman he wants to replace, secretary of state hillary clinton, appeared on capitol hill where she delivered a fiery defense of the administration's response to the benghazi terror attack. joining us now, danielle pletka, vice president foreign policy and defense studies, defense policy studies, i should say, at the american enterprise institute. danielle, thanks for being with us. you wrote a column this week in which your first words were it's hard to like john kerry? [laughter] >> well, i worked for ten years up at the senate foreign relations committee when senator kerry wasn't the chairman, he was one of the other members of the committee. he's just not that popular on capitol hill. he hasn't worked well with other members. that was one of the problems he had when he ran for president. he's perceived as being stand offish, as being uninterested in their issues and in being kind of doctrinaire on policy. jon: but bob corker, the new mexico senator -- we'
and afghanistan. >>> also today, john kerry will tell some of his senate colleagues why he should be our next secretary of state. the senate foreign relations committee will hold kerry's confirmation hearing today. he is the committee's chairman, so new jersey senator robert menendez will preside over the hearing. president obama nominated kerry last month to succeed hillary clinton at the state department. the president says kerry's earned the respect and confidence of leaders around the world. >>> a developing story now out of north korea. the south korean government says north korea may be preparing a nuclear test. the associated press reports that north korea is warninging it's ready to conduct a test as well as carry out more long-range missile launches, threatening to wage a "full-fledged confrontation again the u.s." for what it calls continued hostility. the threats come days after the u.n. condemned the country's rocket launch last month. >>> yesterday, schools placed thes ha uva's college at wise on lockdown after reports of a gunman. the students who reported seeing him later confe
, former state department director, will be here to discuss john kerry's appointment to the secretary of state and what he means to obama foreign policy. we will be talking to a man who put the fate of the keystone pipeline and the fate of the president's hands. we have dave heineman with his approval to give president obama a second chance. we begin with the obama party is campaign to ban assault weapons. they not only want to ban assault weapons but certain handouts. for more on what the democrats are trying to do to our second amendment rights, we bring in shannon bream. reporter: senator dianne feinstein acknowledges that it will be an uphill battle. this new measure would ban the sale and manufacture and transfer and importation of 157 specific garments, along with a broader group of other guns that will meet at a lower threshold for being classified as an assault weapon is the sale and transfer and gifting of anything classified as an assault weapon. >> no weapon is taken from anyone. the purpose is to try up the supply of these weapons over time. therefore there is no sunset on
you for reminding me of that chapter in my public clear and what you and john kerry accomplished together. i want to talk about the role of the united states, it is called upon to negotiate, to make it safer. certainly since world war ii, it has involved nuclear weapons and it does to this day as we discussed the future of nuclear entrance like, god forbid, iran intoork the nuclear club, which we don't want to see happen. we also know there came a new threat, terrorism, in a different form. biological and chemical weapons. organizations that attacked the united states and killed innocent people. but it was, i think last year or the year before, that we were briefed by the state department, department of defense, about the greatest threat to security in the united states and it wasn't either of those things. it was cybersecurity. i think you may have attended the brief, the classified briefing for members of the senate. democrats and republicans. they explained to us this invisible war that goes on even as we meet between the united states and many who are not our friends that are
veteran john kerry on top to be america's top diplomat. the senate foreign relations committee is holding a hearing on the nomination to become secretary of state. kerry talked about how his military experience in vietnam has shaped his views. >> i want all of us to keep in our minds as i think we do the extraordinary men and women in uniform who are on the front lines even as we meet here today. the troops at war who helped protect america i can pledge to you that as a veteran of war i will always carry the consequence for our decisions in my mind and be grateful that we have such extraordinary people to back us up. >> want to bring in our foreign affairs correspondent. kerry it seems like is ready made for the job. this is something where he got the nod after you had susan rice withdrawing her own nomination from consideration. this is someone who has wanted something more than a senate seat for quite some time. >> yes he has. when you say ta made for the job. president assad of syria told me and that is kind of the tone that we have had. he has rubbed shoulders, talked with, influenced
. >> not pretty in deed. let's look at other news. john kerry has appeared before the senate foreign relations committee to seek confirmation as the next american secretary of state. he said he would do everything in his power to build on hillary clinton's record and president obama's addition. he's expected to be confirmed. the government of yemen says a senior leader of the local branch of al qaeda has died of wounds received last a member. it has not been confirmed by his group and previous reports of his death have proved to be false. this time, however, both the yemen state news agency and a diplomat at the embassy in washington have announced the news. the u.n. has launched an investigation into civilian deaths from from strikes in a number of countries including somalia, pakistan, afghanistan, and yemen. the inquiry will look at 25 separate from strikes including a u.s. attack in pakistan in 2011 where up to 40 civilians are reported to have been killed. in syria today, war planes continued to bomb rubble-held areas near the capital as president assad was shown on television and attendi
kerry during his confirmation hearing to be secretary of state. kerry will answer questions from his colleagues on the senate foreign relations committee. he is the committee's chairman so new jersey senator robert menendez will preside over the hearing. president obama nominated kerry last month to succeed hillary clinton at the state department. >>> a developing story right now out of south korea -- rather, north korea. the south korean government says north korea may be preparing a nuclear test. the associated press reporting that north korea is warning that it is ready to conduct a test as well as carry out more long-range missile launches. three -- rather, threatening to wage a "full-fledged confrontation again the u.s." for what it calls continued hostility. the threats come just days after the u.n. condemned the country's rocket launch last month. >>> this morning, a grandfather wants answers in his grandson's death in prince george's county. over the weekend, 16-year-old marcus antonio jones was shot and killed outside a birthday party. police held a public meeting last night
senator kerry at the confirmation hearing. live coverage begins at 10:00 eastern. first, we will bring you "washington journal." then the senate confirmation hearing for john kerry. live coverage of the pentagon news conference with leon panetta and martin dempsey. and about 45 minutes, winnie stachelberg on gun control. max boot on foreign-policy. bradley shear worker rights in the workplace. >> as secretary i have no greater priority responsibility. as i have said many times, i take responsibility. nobody is more committed to getting this right. i am determined to be the state department -- to leave the state department safer and more secure. it meant moving quickly to respond to the immediate crisis, but also to further protect our people in high threat areas across the region and the world. host: we will get your reaction this morning to hillary clinton's testimony yesterday. we do expect misses clinton on capitol hill again today as john kerry has his hearing to replace her. for the first 45 minutes, we will get your reaction to the testimony. what's being written and on television. t
that to you live. it's a moment for you. april, 1971. vietnam vet john kerry, 27 years old testified as an antiwar leader. today, 41 years late arer, john kerry a senator himself appeared before that same committee as a president's nominee for secretary of state. how about this? it's kerry's committee. he chairs it at least for the time being until he is expected confirmation as hillary clinton's successor. we will bring in wolf blitzer from washington as we wait on this. this is one of the moments that you say how things have changed in washington. >> if you remember back when he came back from vietnam and testified, that was one moment. now he is about to be the next secretary of state. quite another moment. remember in 2004 when he was the democratic presidential nominee. he got close and lost ohio and the incumbent president george w. bush was not elected president, but was close. not that many votes. he was close at that time. he has been a senator all of these years and now going to be the secretary of state. i don't think there is any doubt they will confirm him and he will go
they are showing, kyla campbell ktvu channel 2 morning news. >>> senator john kerry is expected to face mostly friendly questioning when he testifies before the committee that he served on for the past four, he will appear before the foreign relations committee starting 7:00 our time and he is expected to be easily confirmed by his senate colleagues. >>> and a look into the sandy hook school shooting, the sandy hook advisory commission will talk about the similar shootings of colorado and newtown connecticut. they will talk about school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention by march 15th. >>> senator dianne fine stein will begin to fight for a ban on assault weapons. and in a few hours, she will introduce a new law which is designed to stop military assault weapons. the senator introduced a similar bill shortly after a mass shooting at a san francisco law firm. >>> some parents at one california school district are up in arms over the purchase of more than a dozen assault weapons. they bought 14 assault weapons to protect them in an attack. they will be locked on campus for respon
. >> president obama picked senator john kerry to lead the state department after ambassador susan rice withdrew her name. you'll recall rice caught a lot of flack over the benghazi attack. kerry is chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. >>> we are still talking about this probably for the last time, though. an inaugural official told cnn that pop star beyonce did not sing the national anthem live on inauguration day. the official asked to not be identified and it was beyonce herself who made the decision the night before. >> now you think it's done? >> i don't think we'll hear from her at least not for a while on this subject. yesterday there was at least a mystery, did she or did she. now it appears she didn't. there you go. >>> the truth about manti te'o, the notre dame star speaking out and coming clean about the fake girlfriend hoax. while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ mal
program last month. >> a confirmation hearing will be held today for democratic senator john kerry. gretzky is president obama's choice to be the next secretary of state. john kerry says if confirmed, he will divest holdings in dozens of companies to avoid any possible conflict of interest. a heated exchange involving secretary of state clinton and congress members on the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. >> no doubt they were terrorists, they killed our people. but what was going on and why they're doing what they were doing -- >> we were misled best there were protests and then something sprang out of that, and assault. >> we have four dead americans. was it because of protest or guys out for what will decided to go kill some americans? what difference does it make? >> senator john mccain criticized clinton, saying the families of the four americans of not gotten the answers they deserve. clinton says the state department is moving swiftly to strengthen security and diplomatic posts worldwide. 5:08 on this thursday, 18 degrees. >> still ahead a new warning from north korea when
and so expensive. >> gabe slate kron 4 news. >> still ahead replacing clinton. senator john kerry repaired to sit at the witness table today as his confirmation hearing. to become the new secretary of state. more details coming up. not bad this morning we will get an update on your commute and forecast with erica in a couple of minutes. >> we are back. at 4:15. let's get to the weather forecast. we saw it proposes to take it looks as if they are still lingering. erica is keeping an eye on it. >> good morning. over to storm tracker 4 we're not picking up much. our last report we saw lingering showers around san raphael over the san ramon valley area. >> san francisco a passing shower. >> not picking it up anymore that does not mean we are completely dry. we have the potential to see pop up stray showers as we head into the afternoon. be aware and keep an umbrella in the back of your car in case. it looks like to day we will see a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures not bad as we step out the door. >> for concord. san carlos and livermore seeing lower forties' waking up in haywar
see you next. live in washington. >> happening right now john kerry is at his first confirmation hearing. he is expected to face mostly friendly questioning before the senate foreign relations committee. he has been on the committee for 28 years, chaired it for the past four. he is expected to be confirmed by his colleagues. current secretary of state also there as you can see to express her support for kerry to take over, this is the same committee where she had some heated exchanges with republicans yesterday morning. she was answering questions about the attack in libya. >>> a new task force in connecticut looking in to the sandy hook shooting has it's first meeting today. the commission will hear today from experts who sat on similar commissions after mass shootings in colorado and virginia. the 16 member panel is supposed to give connecticut's governor a list of recommendations regarding school safety, mental health and gun violence prevention by march 15th. >>> time now 7:17, and in just an hour diane feinstein will resume her fight for a ban on assault weapons. she will in
john kerry is president obama's choice for the next secretary of state. he has been quizzed by senators ahead of his recommendation. >> the issues like climate change and fighting disease are also priorities. he's expected to easily win approval for the job from the senate. to syria where authorities have called for a million-man prayer at mosques on friday in an effort to stem anti-regime demonstrations. >> the embattled president was also shown on state television praying with syria's spiritual leader to mark the birthday of the prophet mohammad. the fighting around damascus and other cities continues. a french woman who faced 60 years in a mexican jail on kidnapping charges is back in france. >> the 38-year-old was welcomed in paris by relatives and supporters. a mexican supreme court ruling on wednesday found that local police violated her human rights during their original investigation seven years ago when she was convicted and jailed for helping her husband run a kidnapping ring. the rhetoric from north korea is getting uglier. the country's military bowling to carry out more roc
as the secretary of state. senator john kerry, our foreign affairs correspondent, jill dougherty, was watching what could very well be her last public appearance before congress. >> the waning days of hillary clinton as her secretary of state and it's time to ask the question, did she put her mark on that job? hillary clinton's last day of secretary of state is almost here. >> we're all getting a little emotional anticipate sentimental around here. we have about a little over a week to go in my tenure. >> that is, if the senate, as expected, confirms john kerry by then. >> john is the right choice to carry forward the obama administration's foreign policy and i urge his sped deacon firm mags. >> before leaving, just like her first day on the job four years ago -- >> i am absolutely honored and thrilled beyond words to be here with you. >> clinton is likely to say good-bye to the diplomat she's led and deliver a major speech on international policy. but her last days as america's high-flying top diplomat have been overshadowed by nearly a month of illness, the fallout over the deadly attack in bengh
with the secretary. >>> of course less than three hours from now, senator john kerry will be in a nomination hearing for secretary of state. hillary clinton is expected to introduce kerry to the senate committee. president obama picked kerry to succeed clinton after susan rice withdrew her name. soledad. >> john, thanks. >>> an historic announcement happening later today. women will be allowed on the front lines of war. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta and the joint chiefs chairman martin dempsey are set to make the announcement at 1:30 this afternoon. many former service members support the move and say women in support missions have already been drawn into battles in places like iraq and afghanistan and they don't have physical front lines anymore. some serve as military police, others have gone on patrols with ground troops in order to talk to afghan women and children. pentagon correspondent barbara starr is following these developments for us this morning. where is the major opposition to this coming from, barbara? >> reporter: well, good morning, soledad. there are some groups that are
.. >> welcome back. we are listening and that the confirmation hearing for senator john kerry. he is on to become the next secretary of state off to replace pillory clinton who is stepping down. he appeared in front of this same place yesterday. he spoke just moments ago. senator john mccain just got through speaking. john kerry is actually the cheer of the committee. he served on this for 29 years. he is expected to be confirmed. >> an estimated 20.6 million people tune into what president obama is a second inauguration on tv. that is according to a nielsen survey. that's a is down sharply from the first and operation in 2009 which had annoy as of 37.8 million people. neilson said a total of 18 networks aired some part of this year's inaugural ceremony on monday. >> new nutrition labels that clearly display the number of calories and other nutrients on packages can help consumers with better food choices. a new study by the food and drug administration found that people chose healthier foods when they have a to panel system that listed the nutrients for one serving and an entire
kerry will answer questions from the foreign relations committee after his nomination for secretary of state. most political analysts expect kerry to face friendly questioning today and have no trouble being confirmed. >>> the fact is we have four dead american. was it because of a protest, or it was because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they would go kill some americans? what difference at this point does it make? >> obviously a very different scene for current secretary of state hillary clinton. during her testimony yesterday before the senate foreign relations committee, republicans grilled her during that hearing on september's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. clinton has accepted responsibility for the attack which killed four americans including u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, that isn't enough, though, for some lawmakers. they accused her of innorring warnings from the ambassador and diplomats in libya that they needed tighter security. >> were you and the president made aware of the classified cable from chris stevens that said
about the terror attack in benghazi before voting on her potential successor, nominee senator john kerry. google chairman eric schmidt and former new mexico governor bill richardson arriving in north korea. his visit drawing criticism from the state department because it comes only weeks after a controversial north korean rocket launch. the delegation defends its trip to the communist nation. >> this is a private humanitarian visit. we're here as individual american citizens, looking at the humanitarian situation. we're gonna ask about the american detainee who's here. we're interested in the economic and political situation. >> schmidt is the highest-profile u.s. executive to visit north korea, a country with notoriously restrictive online policies since young leader kim jong-un took power a year ago. for "teen kids news," i'm lauren green, "fox news channel in the classroom." >> wisdom is handed down from generation to generation. but sometimes, so is misinformation. eden has the facts about some of the advice we all grew up with. >> how many times have you heard this -- "don't go outs
bureau. and senator john kerry starts his confirmation hearings today on his way to becoming the next secretary of state. he is likely to have a very easy go of it because he has been on the committee for 28 years, but also because he is well prepared for the job. his father was a service officer, and he is a vietnam veteran. once he makes it through committee he faces a vote from the full senate which takes place next week. vice president biden is calling what is called a fire side chat. he will be on google plus and hold a hangout. if you want to participate you can see it streaming live at white house.gov, and you are post questions on those pages. we're back after the break. stay with us. than this. (vo) current's award winning original series is back with an all new episode straight from the headlines. (vo) in the minefield of the nation's gun control debate, this could be the most polarizing issue. >> anybody can claim stand your ground and they could get away with murder. the natural energy of peanuts and delicious, soft caramel. to fill you up and keep you moving,
secretary of state will have to face. and quince dentally, the nominee for that job, senator john kerry, was on capitol hill today for his confirmation hearings, as you know, diane. >> that's right. a new and dangerous threat. thank you, martha raddatz. >>> and we're going to move onto other headlines tonight, because a third of the country is seeing the big chill deepen. last night, we showed you the cold blast stretching from maine to maryland. but tonight, the arctic air is marching south, all the way to alabama. and as abc's alex perez tells us, even firefighters are getting frozen in place. alex? >> reporter: well, diane, this deep freeze making it difficult for firefighters in all those states to do their job. here in chicago, this warehouse fire started on tuesday, reignited this morning and as you can see, all the water crews are dousing on this structure has turned it into an urban igloo. burning ice. an unusual sight in a tremendous battle for chicago firefighters working in near zero temperatures. >> slips, falls increase, the fos brit. your body has to work hard just to keep
afghanistan is something we have to look at very closely as well. >> are you encouraged by john kerry's appointment as secretary of state? >> i think it's really interesting. it's kind of a no-brainer. many people expected him to be, he's been very close to president obama. he's traveled. he's got a war record, veteran of the vietnam war. and he's very involved in that. and it will be very interesting because he'll also know what the limits are in terms of congress and the whole american system when it comes to enacting foreign policy. >> are you encouraged, optimistic by where the arab spring may go this year or are you quite pessimistic? >> i've been optimistic from the beginning. there will always be bumps in the road. but for me, this monumental epochal history-making situation in that part of the world is positive. and democracy is what has to happen in that part of the world. we're seeing the ugly side of the fallout in mali. but that can be dealt with if the west is willing to do it. you can't pussy-foot around these people. you have to be there for the long haul, whether it's
a reputation for fighting white color crimes. >>> this morning, senator john kerry has his first confirmation as secretary of state. he is ready to face mostly strong questioning on a committee he has served on for 28 years and chair for four. he will serve on the foreign senate commission and else expected to be easily confirmed by doll lesion. >>> -- colleagues. >>> the sandy hook advisory commission will hear from experts who sat on similar commissions in colorado and virginia. the 16 member panel is supposed to give a list of recommendations with mental health and gun violence prevention by march 15th. >>> senator dianne finestein in just a few hours will introduce a new bill on the floor of the senate. it is designed to stop the transfer and manufacturing of weapons and she delivered a similar bill after a mass shooting in san francisco. >>> they built 14 assault weapons to pretext students -- protect students in the event of an attack. some parents are worried students can access the guns and district funs should -- funds should not be used on weapons. >> sometimes students come with pl
john kerry toe senate confirmation hearing he chaired. it's a safe bet he will get a better reception than the hostile reception they gave hillary clinton on benghazi. after nearly five hours of gruelling testimony, clinton showed rare public emotion talking about the deaths of ambassador chris stevens and three others in benghazi. >> for me, this is not just a matter of policy, it's personal. i stood next to president obama as the marines carried those flag drape caskets off the plane at andrews. i put my arms around the mothers and fathers, the sisters and brothers, the sons and daughters and the lives left alone to raise their children. >> she took the blame for the tragedy. >> i take responsibility and nobody is more committed to getting this right. >> her republican critics wanted to know what she knew and when she knew it. >> the american people deserve to know answers. they certainly don't deserve false answers. >> asking why repeated security warnings were ignored. eeb a cable ambassador stevens sent her september 11th, the day of the attack. >> these officials were screaming
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